“I was slammed back up against my chair, just overwhelmed by how awesome this movie turned out to be,” Olivia Wilde told us about watching “Tron Legacy” for the first time.
It’s hard to disagree agree with the 26-year-old actress, who plays the bob-haired Quorra in the film. “Tron” is easily the most visually arresting film of the year, almost an art film made on a $170 million budget and filled with a handful of kick-ass fight sequences. The high-tech fisticuffs come courtesy of 87eleven, the stunt team behind brawls in “300,” “Iron Man 2″ and the “Matrix” films.
Of all the throw-downs, though, Wilde counts one in particular as her favorite. It comes late in the film, takes place in a computer-generated hotspot called the End of the Line club and pits Wilde and co-star Garrett Hedlund against a slew of bad guys.
“It’s choreography we worked on for four months,” she said. “They showed us the choreography, and Garrett and I looked at each other and were like, ‘That’s not going to happen! We’re not going to be able to do that. That’s crazy stuff.’ And four months later, there we were doing it and enjoying it — really loving it.
“When I saw the finished product of that scene, it’s so intense and beautiful and heart-pounding,” she added. “I was so proud.”
Not only was Wilde proud, the entire production gave her the confidence to know that she could accomplish far more in front of the camera than she ever suspected. “It kind of proved to me I could really go outside my comfort zone,” she said. “This movie was the biggest physical transformation I’ve ever made. Also, a departure from my personality, more than any other character.”
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